Jason Ricci and New Blood Live at Harmonicas Sur Cher Festival on 2006-05-27
- Jason Ricci and New Blood
Snowflakes and Horses
Driftin' Blues > I'm Just A Playboy
My Head Is A Bad Neighborhood
Can't Close Our Eyes
Blue And Lonesome
Feel Good Funk
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|Wake County Stomp|
|Snowflakes and Horses|
|Driftin' Blues > I'm Just A Playboy|
|My Head Is A Bad Neighborhood|
|Can't Close Our Eyes|
|Blue And Lonesome|
|Feel Good Funk|
Jason Ricci - Harp and Vocals
Shawn Starsky - Guitar
Todd Edmunds - Bass
Maki Bergara - Drums
Special thanks to Christophe Minier for making this recording available.
- Sony MD > CDR > cdparanoia > audacity > wavbreaker > flac
- Saint Aignan Sur Cher, France
- SBD > Sony MD
- Taped by
- Stephane Daval
- Transferred by
- Stephane Daval
Subject: JR&NB at Harmonica sur Cher
Jason Ricci & New Blood blew âem away at this year's "Harmonica sur Cher," a wonderful, volunteer-run four-day festival held each May in Saint-Aignan, an ancient little town along the river Cher in France's Loire Valley.
Even before Jason & Shawn & Todd & Maki took the stage Saturday night as the final act, the buzz for them was strong. By then everyone in Saint-Aignan had, for days, listened to virtuoso players of diatonic and chromatic harmonica in myriad styles with various other instruments. The prior night a hundred or so people heard JR&NB play an abbreviated set (more than an hour long) in a packed little tavern (CafÃ© du Commerce?) across the street.
By Saturday evening the crowd's anticipation was palpable. From the start of the set the normally stoic french music fans were moving, even dancing, in response to the music, many with mouths agape and eyes wide. And not just for technical virtuosity, but for beauty, and not just for the harmonica, but for the completely enveloping sonic tapestry woven by these musicians.
Sure, Jason played fast and furious, he also played slow and caressingly, as did the band. Shawn's guitar was an equally fluid, articulate and emotionally vibrant counterpoint to Jason's simply unlimited harp, and Todd's bass and Maki's drums gave a lyrical, solid and uplifting rhythmic foundation to the whole set.
On stage Jason comfortably goofed around; the welcoming audience felt welcomed into JR&NB's swirling world, in which Jason morphed from jaw-dropping lightning man to gentle balladeer ("Sonja" and the first part of "Driftin'"), from political polemicist ("Can't Close our Eyes") to fussy, cig-smoking strutting front-man to classic mellow and yearning bluesman, from a polished top-performer in control of the stage to an uncontrolled wildman releasing his exposed feral soul, at times surprising even himself.
I too was bowled-over, even having heard JR&NB's prior recordings. Name one other player who blows harp with the energy, technical brilliance, stylistic breadth and emotionally informed substance that Jason Ricci brings. If there's better I ain't heard it.
If you want to know more or less how JR&NB sounded, listen to the board-recording here: http://www.archive.org/details/jrnb2006-05-27.flac16 And go to Jason's site http://www.jasonricci.net/ to buy the CDs and see his touring schedule.
Subject: an incredible night at Saint Aignan sur Cher (france)
How many people have been under the shock after that concert ? I think, every one.
I never seen a so emotional concert. It's the first time that every one is stick to its chair, bewitch by the intensity and the charism of Mister Super Jason Ricci. We expected one hour of harmonica music !!! The concert started at 10.45 pm and stopped at 1.30 a.m. More than two hours. But no-one moved, completely fascinate by the Man. It wasn't any more a concert of harmonica but a real kind of spirit communion between a man who gaved all its soul and an audience able to understand every emotion from him. We all could seen who were Jason like he's an open book. All the joy and all the suffering, all the sweetness and all the violence, and his humour too.
I should talk you about the musician. Yes, Jason, Shawn, Todd and Maki are strong, strong, strong musicians and they give us a concert worthy of heaven or hell, I don't know exactly. I would be okay to give one year of my life against a second possibility to be back at the 2006-05-27 !
Their sound was loud, strong (but not painful or agressive for ears) and beautiful, listen at the second track ! I think now, we should have made a tape with microphones on the room to obtain a faithfull result. Here, pick on the soundboard we haven't exactly the same sound, we've heard on that crazy night (guitar, bass and drum were louder, the applause were hysterical .
And now, in the middle of France, in a small quiet town, life have changed. Jason have gave us a little part of himself. We never forgot him and hope to see him back as soon as possible.
Thanks you Jason, Shawn, Todd and Maki for that so good time we've spent with you. Come back as you like.
Well, I'm in agony to write in english. I hope it's a little bit understandable.
I wish the best to Jason.
Now, it's time to listen at the music.
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